dentition

noun
den·​ti·​tion | \ den-ˈti-shən How to pronounce dentition (audio) \

Definition of dentition

1 : the development and cutting of teeth
2 : the character of a set of teeth especially with regard to their number, kind, and arrangement — see tooth illustration
3 : teeth

Examples of dentition in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The catalog of human fallibilities that Mr. Bezzerides assembles begins with an account of our suboptimal dentition. Adrian Woolfson, WSJ, 31 May 2021 Fans immediately pounced on the picture, taking to the comments section to share their guesses as to what the disturbing dentition might mean for the new season's theme, which has not been announced. Lauren Huff, EW.com, 28 Aug. 2020 Wrangham and colleagues attribute these changes to the invention of cooking, which makes food easier to chew, explaining the smaller dentition, and more energy-rich, to fuel bigger bodies and brains. Bridget Alex, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Aug. 2020 So dire was the state of U.S. dentition that in 1901, Frederick McKay’s discovery that many of his patients’ teeth were mottled with ugly brown stains generated little notice. Charles C. Mann, The Atlantic, 17 Mar. 2020 The idea that a person's dentition was as unique and traceable as a fingerprint was not generally accepted at the time, and is still not. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 24 June 2019 In my experience, which includes extensive travel in other countries, Americans often seem disoriented or even horrified when confronted with imperfect dentition. David Tuller, CNN, 28 May 2018 In my experience, which includes extensive travel in other countries, Americans often seem disoriented or even horrified when confronted with imperfect dentition. David Tuller, CNN, 28 May 2018 In my experience, which includes extensive travel in other countries, Americans often seem disoriented or even horrified when confronted with imperfect dentition. David Tuller, CNN, 28 May 2018

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First Known Use of dentition

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dentition

Latin dentition-, dentitio, from dentire to cut teeth, from dent-, dens

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“Dentition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dentition. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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dentition

noun
den·​ti·​tion | \ den-ˈtish-ən How to pronounce dentition (audio) \

Medical Definition of dentition

1 : the development and cutting of teeth
2 : the character of a set of teeth especially with regard to their number, kind, and arrangement
3 : teeth

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